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Hotbands.com Montreal, Canada's own veteran Reggae Band, Jah Children, formed in 1982. Jah Children forwards the message of the Rastafari which was first inspired by Haile Selassie. The unique sound of the Jah Children Band featuring Judah, "the exceptionally gifted lead singer" has been praised by John Griffin of the Montreal Gazette (1982). Acclaimed by Roue Dou Dou "We love to play the roots Reggae, just to show our devotion to Jah Rastafari and the Saints of the Earth Selassie I…to promote the Rastafarian culture.." Boicel, "Singer Judah possesses an inimitable voice that makes the band unique, special and original." They delivering the universal message of consciousness that exists in Reggae Music. Importantly, they celebrate the spiritual power that Reggae music brings. Jah Children Band gives a spectacular show that will keep you dancing to their rhythms long after the show ends. "We love to play the Roots Reggae, just to show our devotion to Jah Rastafari and the Saints of the Earth Selassie I. Our goal is to promote the Rastafarian culture in every part of Canada and the world with the highest philosophy of Christ, Israel." Notes: "The Message in the Dub" Jah Children Band comes again with this outstanding Dub version of their critically acclaimed debut album, MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD. With a few extras thrown in for good measure, THE MESSAGE IN THE DUB brings forward the renewed sounds of classic, progressive reggae with the real players of instrument remixed in a refreshing yet timeless fashion by their original engineer Bayani "Bunny" C. Esguerra with additional knob-twisting from Montreal's Dub Lounge Selector Mossman. Jah Children Band have been on a mission to speak the truth and promote equal rights and justice for nearly twenty years. As lead singer Judah says, "We want all our freedom to get out of Babylon." And there is nothing like the pure powerful sounds of Dub to help launch us there. With impressive live shows and an amazingly deep album of 17 original compositions Jah Children Band have provided the the engineers with the crucial array of stunning and sophisticated roots Reggae tracks begging to be reinvigorated in Dub. Bunny moved to Montreal from the Philippines in 1973. By 1980 he had a full case of reggaemylitis and by 1986 found himself doing sound mixing in live and in live studio situations for a virtual who's who in the Montreal Reggae scene from Freddie McGregor and Ras Michael to Culture featuring Joseph Hill. He became a young mentor to the young Mossman and together they co-mixed their first Dub track here. And Bunny also recently co-produce with Lynn Tait and Maytone a project by Albert Adu-fosu, Reggae's biggest Star in Guyana, Africa. THE MESSAGE THE DUB looks forward by respecting the genius of what came before when Reggae was steeped by spirituality and the vision of Rastafaria time when a message in the music far out weighed the desire of fame and fortune. Thus Bunny channels the techniques of the King Tubby and the Scientist on several tracks including "Mystery" and "Pirates in the Vicinity" while Mossman invokes the spirit of Scratch (Lee Perry) upsetting V.U. meters on "Freedom Dub" and "Mr. Wicked Man." So turn it up till your window panes rattle for a full watts dread experience of the real roots Dub; hot thick and physical like a heart beat. They do make 'em like they use to, thank Jah.

:: New Website 09/01/04
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Montreal, Canada's own veteran Reggae Band, Jah Children, formed in 1982. Jah Children forwards the message of the Rastafari which was first inspired by Haile Selassie. The unique sound of the Jah Children Band featuring Judah, "the exceptionally gifted lead singer" has been praised by John Griffin of the Montreal Gazette (1982). Acclaimed by Roue Dou Dou
"We love to play the roots Reggae, just to show our devotion to Jah Rastafari and the Saints of the Earth Selassie I…to promote the Rastafarian culture.." Boicel, "Singer Judah possesses an inimitable voice that makes the band unique, special and original." They delivering the universal message of consciousness that exists in Reggae Music.
Importantly, they celebrate the spiritual power that Reggae music brings. Jah Children Band gives a spectacular show that will keep you dancing to their rhythms long after the show ends.
"We love to play the Roots Reggae, just to show our devotion to Jah Rastafari and the Saints of the Earth Selassie I. Our goal is to promote the Rastafarian culture in every part of Canada and the world with the highest philosophy of Christ, Israel."
Notes:
"The Message in the Dub"
Jah Children Band comes again with this outstanding Dub version of their critically acclaimed debut album, MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD. With a few extras thrown in for good measure, THE MESSAGE IN THE DUB brings forward the renewed sounds of classic, progressive reggae with the real players of instrument remixed in a refreshing yet timeless fashion by their original engineer Bayani "Bunny" C. Esguerra with additional knob-twisting from Montreal's Dub Lounge Selector Mossman.
Jah Children Band have been on a mission to speak the truth and promote equal rights and justice for nearly twenty years. As lead singer Judah says, "We want all our freedom to get out of Babylon."
And there is nothing like the pure powerful sounds of Dub to help launch us there. With impressive live shows and an amazingly deep album of 17 original compositions Jah Children Band have provided the the engineers with the crucial array of stunning and sophisticated roots Reggae tracks begging to be reinvigorated in Dub. Bunny moved to Montreal from the Philippines in 1973. By 1980 he had a full case of reggaemylitis and by 1986 found himself doing sound mixing in live and in live studio situations for a virtual who's who in the Montreal Reggae scene from Freddie McGregor and Ras Michael to Culture featuring Joseph Hill. He became a young mentor to the young Mossman and together they co-mixed their first Dub track here. And Bunny also recently co-produce with Lynn Tait and Maytone a project by Albert Adu-fosu, Reggae's biggest Star in Guyana, Africa.
THE MESSAGE THE DUB looks forward by respecting the genius of what came before when Reggae was steeped by spirituality and the vision of Rastafaria time when a message in the music far out weighed the desire of fame and fortune. Thus Bunny channels the techniques of the King Tubby and the Scientist on several tracks including "Mystery" and "Pirates in the Vicinity" while Mossman invokes the spirit of Scratch (Lee Perry) upsetting V.U. meters on "Freedom Dub" and "Mr. Wicked Man."
So turn it up till your window panes rattle for a full watts dread experience of the real roots Dub; hot thick and physical like a heart beat. They do make 'em like they use to, thank Jah.


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:: Link Newspaper 07/22/04
Jah Children are rebels with a cause. In the true tradition of reggae music, the Children fight against oppression, exploitation and prejudice while keeping a positive outlook on life.
They're a band with a social conscience. They sing about suffering in the streets, racism and the Third World. On stage, they back the fight against crack and cocaine.
"We are prisoners of our own system, we become numbers, codes, figures, statistics which all lead us to mental slavery," says frontman Singer Judah. "We all want our freedom and to get out of Babylon." Judah, like all traditional rastamen, is a philosopher.
To him, the fact that the lottery hands out five million dollars in a 6/49 means that 5 million people spent a dollar on a dream of breaking free of the system.
Although their first jam goes back to 1979, Montreal's veteran reggae band officially started playing together in 1982. Back then they rented halls with local D.J.'s, set up the sound system and put on their own shows. Judah is backed by Keith Reid on bass, Issachar on keyboards and Dan on percussions. All four members are of Rastafarian culture, forwarding the message of Jah Rastafari, the Ethiopian king Haile Selassie I.
The Jah Children constantly use biblical texts and historical references in their lyrics. "We're on a mission to speak the truth, promote equal rights and justice," says Judah. "We must all keep our eyes open to social problems; they endanger peace, love and unity amongst us." One example of biblical and historical connotation is the fact that the rastaman often compares modern western world to the fallen empire of Babylon.
The Jah Children play roots reggae, the musical form that followed the ska and rock steady periods in the late 60s. It's straight from Jamaica's poor and popular class: the roots. It's commercial success grew during reggae's golden period with such artists as Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh.
"Reggae may have exploded in different styles today, with dancehall, ragamuffin and hip-hop says Judah, but it's the roots-reggae that started it all and still holds it together today."
1991 has been a very good year for Jah Children. They toured the western part of the country and shared the spotlight last February at the Rising Sun with renowned roots group Culture and hot reggae-rapper Shabba Ranks.
The Jah Children are very impressive in concert. The strength of the group's performance last week at the Terminal bar relied primarily on the quality of the songs; lyrics, rhythm and social-conscience, all coming across strongly. These fellows are also great musicians and Judah's voice is both agile and intense.
Ibo Zebulan, official Jah Children contributor since 1987, lent his steel pulsing guitar and vocals to the Terminal gig. Ibo is also leader of the Imperial Force reggae band.
Jah Children offered fans mostly original songs such as "Mr. Babylon," "Pirates in the City," and "Life is a Mystery". One of the highlights of the show was a Marley-medley featuring "We and Them," "Guiltiness" and a great version of "Roots, Rock, Reggae" with a solid "dee jay style" rapping by Issachar. Very well done gentlemen.
Jah Children will be in action, next Sunday Sept 15 at the Presidio Club (exKilometre Heure), 4171 Saint-Denis, (info: 845-4171). Tickets are $5.
Another reggae show to check out is Montreal's own Rapper Rupert on Saturday Sept 14 at the Paladium , in Longueil, (yes! South Shore!.) Take bus #17 from the Longueuil Metro terminus up to 475 blvd Rolland Therrien (info: 282-8759).

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:: The BEAT Reggae Update, Vol. 17 01/01/98
Singer Judah and the Jah Children Band offer a generous 17-track sampler of all original material on MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD(RM). This five piece sets up a groove reminiscent of the Wailers circa Survival and offers conscious reggae songs like "I Was Born," "Pirates in the City" and "Life's a Mystery". A professional sound wraps these songs thanks and praises cut at Zero Tolerance Studio.

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:: Montreal Gazette 01/01/98
...ranters will also enjoy the astonishing Freedom of Speech (Ras Records) by Yellowman. Just when you thought you'd heard the last of this original loud-mouthed rapper, he's back with a killer mix of rudeness and righteousness side by side. Also check out Tony Rebel - Jah By My Side (Flames Productions), the swinging sweetness of Steel Pulse - Rage and Fury (Mesa/Blue Moon) and powerful roots made in Montreal as Singer Judah and the Jah Children Band resurface with Message For The World (Reggae Matic), a solid 70 minutes that was years in the making.
P.S.: Hemisphere continues its adventurous ways. Latest releases on the specialty label include Lullaby For The Moon - Japanese Music For Koto And Shakuhachi, Music From The Edge Of Europe - Portugal, Beausoleil - Arc De Triomphe Two Step and, for Greek music fans, rebel singer George Dalares - A Portrait.

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:: Dub Massive magazine 01/01/98
With St. Vincent singer Judah at the front mike, Canada's Jah Children Band offers 17 tracks (and 71 minutes!) as their Message for the World. Content is, in the main philosophical, presenting a world view that exalts His Majesty ("Jah Love This", "Only You Jah", and "Message for the World") and decries the happiness of Babylon ("Pirates in the City," "Mr. Babylon" and "Mad Mad World"), Judah and Jah Children, known years ago as the Butterfly Band, have been entertaining since 1980. Earlier releases include Got To Go Back Home a tribute to the late Blaka T. (1993) and Inspiration Giver. Message, their third release


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Discography

Message for the world is the new album of Singer Judah & Jah Children Band,

Earlier release includes Inspiration Giver¨ a demo cassette of five songs with the dub version on the flip side (1990).

Got To Go Back Home¨ a tribute to the late Blacka-T, Montreal twelve tribes DJ and member of Jah Children band and Brother to Singer Judah who had died.

"The Message in the Dub" release by Moss Man
ten songs from "Message for the world" album in Dub

Singer Judah has!

Two single with Montreal techno DJ, Fred Everything

Couple a tracks with Moss Man,

Few track on the "Hotter than Congo pepper" label
at Zero Tolerance studio.

Couple a new tracks on the "Montreal Jazz /Blues plus" album (one of the track on "Eye For An Eye" has Montreal reknown Vick Vogule

Singer Judah and jah Children have over fifty plus songs in their catalogue.

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"Singer Judah & Jah Children Band"
the artist Singer Judah has been singing with Jah Children from 1981. Singer Judah sings roots reggae music, his songs is inspiring & relaxing to any one who listens.

Singer Judah and Jah Children Band offer a generous 17- tracks of original material on Message for the World (RM). This five piece sets up a grove reminiscent of the Wailers circa Survival and offers conscious Reggae songs like I an I was born¨ Pirates in the city¨ and Life is a mystery.¨ A very professional sound wraps these songs of Thanks and praises cut at Zero Tolerance studio.¨ By Chuck Foster / Beat Magazine.

Rastafari teaching is the big influence that help to set us apart to create music that will last a life time..Thanks and praises.